Dive Right - Now

First Quarter, 1998 - Volume 1, Issue 2 or Return to Webpage


New 19 Meter Dive Boat at Dive Right - Coron

Mark Bush

 

Dive Right - Coron now operates a 19 meter wreck diving boat for daily dive trips to the Japanese wrecks of Coron Bay. This boat, a former dynamite fishing boat, already one of the longest and fastest boats in this area, has been rebuilt to be the most comfortable and well -equipped dive boat in Coron.

"Dive Right" New 19 Meter Dive Boat

Having a fast boat allows us to wait for arrivals from the Air Ads flight and still be on the wrecks for an easy two-dive day. We can also do three dives in a day for eager divers with stamina.

If you want to fly to Coron and dive the wrecks on the day of your flight, schedule the Air Ads flight at 7:30 AM and let us know that you will be joining us for wreck diving. We will hold our departure to wait for you to arrive in Coron.

Two wreck dives with full equipment and lunch on the dive boat is priced at PHP 1,600. Soft drinks and bottled water at PHP 20 each are not included.

Concerned Dive Operators Unite to Place Moorings on Coron Bay Wrecks

The prevention of damage to the wrecks and corals is our first priority.

In a rare cooperative moment, dive operators on Busuanga Island agreed to jointly fund, install and maintain mooring buoys on the Japanese wrecks in Coron Bay. Each operator contributed PHP 2,000 toward purchase of the necessary materials and agreed to help with their installation.

While dive operators on Busuanga know where the wrecks are and didn't need the buoys to find the wrecks, having the buoys for locating the wrecks was an additional motivating factor for the live-aboard dive boats from Puerto Princesa who participated.

Use of mooring buoys attached at known locations on the wrecks will help prevent anchor damage to the wrecks and allow exact dive planning.

For safety's sake all wreck dives should start and finish on the descent line. Do your SAFETY STOP on the descent line to give you a position reference and better enable you to hold the 5 meter depth.

If you do your safety stop in open water you will not notice the current carrying you away from the dive boat. Avoid a long surface swim or the posibility of getting carried away from the dive boat!

 

PADI - Project Aware

Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education

 10 Ways a Diver Can Protect the Underwater Environment

 1. Dive carefully in fragile aquatic ecosystems, such as coral reefs.

 2. Be aware of your body and equipment placement when diving.

 3. Keep your diving skills sharp with continuing education.

 4. Consider your impact on aquatic life through your interactions.

 5. Understand and respect underwater life.

 6. Resist the urge to collect souvenirs.

 7. If you hunt and/or gather game, obey all fish and game laws.

 8. Report environmental disturbances or destruction of your dive sites.

 9. Be a role model for other divers in diving and non-diving interaction with the environment.

 10. Get involved in local environmental activities and issues.

  

Let's Talk About Swimmer's Ear.

 

On your diving vacation you dive, A LOT! Your outer ear canal stays wet, and nasty bacteria and fungus can grow inside. At the worst it hurts a lot to touch your ear or yawn and you could have a discharge from your ear.

 

The Merck Manual, "The Physician's Desk Reference" lists several cures for "External Otitis" Some of these cures you might expect.

 

You could put antibiotic drops in your ear but the problem there is that at many remote diving locations you can't get the drops. They're usually expensive as well.

 

You could take oral antibiotics but many people are now deciding that you shouldn't be upsetting your bodies' normal bacterial flora without better reason. And in many remote diving locations you may not be able to find the antibiotics that would work. And without a competent doctor and lab how do you select the proper antibiotic to use.

 

The common sense remedy from the Merck Manual that is entirely appropriate for remote diving locations is 3 drops of 5% acetic acid three times a day dropped in the external ear canal for 7 to 10 days. Well, 5% acetic acid is vinegar and you can buy a whole bottle of Datu Puti for 10 pesos.

 

Honestly and seriously, this works. Commercial ear drops for swimmers are a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and boric acid. The alcohol mixes with the water and reduces the surface tension. This aids drainage and hastens evaporation. The boric acid changes the pH in the ear canal and the nasties die off.

 

You experience relief in 24 to 36 hours but continue the treatment for 7 to 10 days so the last few nasties don't grow back.

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